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Mother reunited with daughter following abduction
Monday 21st December, 2009

Officers supporting the family of a Wigan girl abducted by her father and taken to Libya have welcomed the news that mother and daughter have been reunited.

Nadia Fawzi, from Wigan, was abducted by her father, Fawzi Abuarghub, in May 2007 and taken to Libya.

Her mother Sarah then travelled to Libya in July of that year in an effort to bring her home, but Fawzi refused.

Sarah then moved to Libya in November 2007 but had not seen her daughter since December of that year.

Today, Monday 21 December 2009, Nadia was reunited with her mother in Tripoli.

Details of the reunion are unknown at this stage, but it is believed to be the culmination of more than two years of behind-the-scenes diplomacy.

Detective Superintendent Phil Owen, head of GMP's Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons Unit, said: "It has been a tortuous two years for Sarah, but this is the best Christmas present she could possibly wish for.

"We are not sure yet about the exact circumstances surrounding her reunion, but the important thing is they are together again.

"It brings to an end two years of worry, heartbreak and upheaval for Sarah and her family. They can now concentrate on becoming a complete family again.

"There has been an awful lot of hard work behind-the-scenes by the likes of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Leigh MP Andy Burnham who have worked tirelessly for this day."


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